In order to live a truly fulfilling life, it’s important to know and fulfill your life purpose. If you are happy, you are likely are living your purpose, even if you’re not consciously aware of what it is.
If you’re feeling even a teensy bit thwarted, aimless or frustrated, either your vision and purpose aren’t leading you or you’ve encountered some temporary obstacle that’s blocking you.
Here are 5 practices that can help keep you on track
1. Start writing down your dreams and set an intention for them before you go to sleep each night.
For most of my life, I’ve been a vivid dream ‘rememberer’. Earlier this year, they started fading away too quickly for me to retain them. A month or so ago, I started a dream journal.
Writing down even glimpses tells your conscious brain you want to recall your dreams. So it makes more of an effort to transfer the images, thoughts and feelings from your subconscious where the dreams reside, to your conscious, waking brain that thinks and ‘verbalizes’ your thoughts.
Now I’m more able to recall them more easily and tap into that subconscious part of me that knows and yearns for more.
2. Read books that inspire you and help you connect to your higher Self.
I’m currently reading The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity: A Simple Guide to Unlimited Abundance by Edwene Gaines. I read a bit each day and share it with my husband. I’m also reaching the end of a year-long self-study program called, A Course in Miracles. I’ve gone through it several times since first discovering it in 1981 and my perspective always expands with each journey.
3. Start each morning out with some time for reflection.
Before starting work, I sit down with another journal inspired by Conversations with God. In it, I ask for guidance on both general and specific issues I’m facing. I’ll even ask for direction on areas I should be thinking about but aren’t at the moment. I’m always amazed by the ideas that pop into my head and the words that flow out from my fingers as I write.
4. Review your life for your gifts, lessons and themes.
Many decades ago (am I really that old?!?!?), I was exposed to a program called “You Are What You Were When…”. It was based on the presumption that what was going on in the world when you became a teenager shaped your perspective and values. It was the predecessor to the generations work that has being written about for the last several years.
One of the key ideas put forth is that from a very early age, each of us has been expressing our gifts and passions and that if we just look back at how we spent our time and energy, themes would arise that would clarify the path we’ve been on all the while.
5. Choose, commit and act
As you do the other four outlined here you bring ‘control’ into your life. ‘Choose’ your focus even if one was handed to you from above. Some people ignore those messages. If you are to live a purposeful life, you must choose to do so. Then take action – daily – consistent with your vision, purpose and personal gifts.
Keep in mind this quote from Wayne Dyer, “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”